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STANDARD FORM NO. 64 





Office ^tAMS¥-A¥iSl4M • UNITED Sfiffit^^i^ERNMENT 

DATE: August 2k, 19Ad 




Dlnetor, FBI 
SAG, Atlanta 



^SOTjECT: DC31IALD L; west, WAS 
INTEBNAL SECtJRITT - C 
(Bttfile 1QQ»2Q396) 




Ur« QODISr W» mWQIDS, 126 Bark8<3ale Driv«» NE, Atlnta, 
Georgia, advised that vbile if ai ting for a bus in June of 19A6 he 
had conversed with a neighbor of his, 8ENmJB^^I(SSi^JUa06 

_ ^ ... . IffiHOIDS staf^rtHSl^SIGBEa told hla , 

he Ittla High School, lala, Georgia, 
■ifhen to had been principal of the 



17th_S treet, NE^ Atlanta ♦ 
that he hadnade a speech 
at the request of DONALD 




high school and that because of his, WEXSIG^'s^ speech the patrons 
of the lula High School had fired WEST. RESHOIOS stated that 
WBISIGER told him he had arranged and obtained a position at 
Oglethorpe University for DCNAU) IM WEST 4s a professor* 

REYNOLDS advised he was not. well acqoainted nith WEISIGER 
bat that he tlOKlerstood WEISK^R had taken a tour through Texas a nd 
had made quite a few speeches at different high schools and that he 
was retired on a pension from the S outhern Bell Tol* phM«>__gOiBpanyo 
REYNOLDS further advised that WEISI6BR, as he recalled, had been 
very- much interested in labor whilr employed by the Southern Bell 
Telephone Company and it was his mderatanding he had been a ^ 
"trouble maker"* 

fir« RSSN0I03 stated that he tvas bringing this inf omation to 
the attention of the Federal Bureau of Inveetigaticn t^eeause KBNDALL^ 
13EISICER has be« appointed a member of a board to review loyalty . 
cases in the Atlanta area* ^ 

Mr* ERNEST Wv HAXES, Givil Service Ceatmission, Atlanta, ad- 
vised that Mr^ KENDALL IJEISIGER ' of 206 17th Street, NE, was one of 
the four members of the Loyalty Board for ttiis area* 



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JTSmos 
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The above is furnished for your infozmation* 





OTRDED - 116 
INDEXED : lis 



12 AUG 261948 






FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION 



THIS CASE ORIGINATED AT 



ATIANTA 



FILE NO. 



100-1015 



REPORT MADE AT 

IvSMPHIS^ TENNESSEE 



OATEWHEN 
MADS 

9AA8 



PERIOD FOR cWHlCH^MADK 



8/26,27/48 



•.RBPORT MADE BY 



DND 



Vi mLSER PROSPERE 



TTO* 



6' 

IiOmLD. LBS YffiST, Was. 



CHARACTER OF CASK 



INTEmL SECURITY - C 




SYNOPSIS OF facts/ 



RSESRBNGEj 



DONA-LD LEE YffiST attended' banquet at Hermitage 
Hotel;, .Nashville J Tennessee on April 18, 194S. 
Meeting .sponsore d bv Dixie Conference of Rail- 
road Train Men. I I recails IrjEST having 

been present but knoY/s of no further activity 
on his part in connection v/ith the meeting. 
Informant stated that Y^"EST attended another 
me.eting. at the time he Vilas in Nashville although 
unable to furnish ainy details concerning it, 

- RUG - 

Bureau Pile No. 100-20396, . ZHj- Lul <c: 

Report of SA JOSEPH T. SYLVES^TER, JR. dated 8/9/4^^ ^ 
Atlanta ♦ * ^f\J^ 

advised that 3X)NA.LD lEE YJSST from Atlanta, 



DETAILS I ^ , 

Georgia attended a banquet of labor leaders "vvhich was 
■ addressed by A. F. T^HITNEY of the Railroad Brotherhoods v/hich v/as held in the 
Hermitage Hotel during the spring of 1948* Informant stated that this banquet 
was atterided by representatives of the Railroad Brotherhoods, CIO, A*F, of L,, 
independent unions ^and all manner of labor representatives. He stated that ^ 
he attended this banquet, and that he recalls subject having been present 
but does not recall his 'having taken an active part in the proceedings. He 
stated that there 7Jere a number of meetings held during the course of the 
gathering of labbr representatives and he vaguely remembers that TJEST attended 
one of these meetings. Hov^ever, he stated that he did not recall the name 
of the group or the nature of its business. He stated 'that he had knovm 
'jyEST for^quite sometime and considered hira to>e very'radical. Informant 



APPROVED AN 
FORWARD! 



gopiES destroyedj6@3 




.Speciau aoent 

IN CHARGE 




COPIES OF THIS REPORT 

5 J- Bureau 
Atlanta 
2 - Memphis 



DO NOT WRITE IN THESE SPACES 



g SEP 8 1948, 





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stated he did not recall aryone else ^ho attended the ijieoting that ^^ST went 
to, nor did he recall anyone else at the banquet who mxght be able to throw 
further light on the subject. 

Temporary Confidential Informnt T-1 advised ^J^J °\^P^j;^„^^;.^^^g 
and 20 the D^e Conference of Railroad Train lien v/as held at the Hormxtage 
Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee, and that a number of prominent labor ^Jg^^ 
addressed the gathering, including A. F. VillHKEY and JAte? oAEEY 1^^^^^* 
Informant stated he did not recall subject 's name and stated that ^J^J^^ot 
stay at the Hermitage Hotel during that period. It is noted that referenced 
report reflects that subject was in Nashville for only one day. b7D 

I Ifuftber stated that he was not familiar- with the organization 

Farmers Union and had never heard of it in connection with labor actxvxties 
in the Nashville area. 



- REFERRED UPON COMPLETION TO THE OFFICE OF ORIGIN - 



For ptirposQS 6f this xoport^ Temporary Confidential Informant T-1 
is idontif ied as follows t 

:b7D 



Ho is being given a temporary confidential informant symbol by viriue 
of the information furnished by him. 



BHgi says eaim progmis 
designed to pin5vide\iTe youths a 
sense of sharing- in . useful enter- 
prise and an experience in group 
living. He said the program 
* evolved Irom the war, when youth- 
iwork bands were organized to 
^ help- harvest crops. 
? West was reluctant to discuss 
me camp saying it was none of 
The Constitution's business. When 
asked whether or not he was a 
Communist,. West refused to an- 
swer; 

„ Bragg, however, .said the' camp 
was operated strictly on a non- 
sectanan, non-political, non-racial 
basi^ and a man's politics did not 
enter into one*s relationship with 
the camp. 

West said the camp was con- 
nected m no way with the People's 
Institute of Applied Religion, an 
organization, with headquarters in 
Birmingham, which U.. S. Atty, 
Gen. Tom Qark has called sub- 
versive. 

West says he^ is participating. An' 
religious activities of the commu-i 
made talks in various 
:churches., ^ejsaid.'he is a;ministe3:1 

^^t?f:-^^, said'he formerly, was ai 
Baptist, but now is "a Congrega- 
tionahst. 

The two- boys enrolled in the 
camp refused to give their names 
lor publication and also refused 
to be photographed. They said 
their refusal was based on news-! 
paper criticism, of West. 

Sirls, all of high school age, 
are jSTona Bai3;d, of New York City 
Marcia Haseltine, Belmont, Mass. 
Jean Roethlisberger, Cambridge, 
^Mass.; Hel^^ Bevine, Duluth, 
Mmn.; Renee/^eu, of New Tork 
City .and AnA West, daughter of 
► Jjon West. 

' , Maurice mer,. of Lowell, Mass., 
IS Director of the camp. John 
Tegerj ^Director of all Unitarian 
WQrk camps, is also helping, to or- 
ganize the Georgia camp. 
^ People , of the community in^ 
which Jhe camp located say they 
. don t know much about *it other 
than they have heard West intend- 
, ed to brmg in , underprivileged 
.children. C. E. HalJ, a farmer, exv 

1^ } rP^W Sliy^^^ poems, ^ 
"Cl9ds;of Southeriiliarth," which! 
,he said West ^aye him to read. ' 



ATL&KTA CONSTITUTION, AUG. 10^ 1948 




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I lilt* Cl0jJjX**«»*i»»««i*^ 



By BHili BORING.^. 
Don "West, Georgia educate? and 
Doet (a Une 6f one of his poems 
ffifed in The Daily WorKer 

muSstPartyinthiscountry.sta^^^ 
"I am a Communist ..•).!« neip 
ing to organize a work camp fcr| 
tein-aged youngsters i". J.^^^"^ 

TKe camp, now PPP^^^^^^^astSn 
girls and two boys toom Eastern 
lind Midwestern- cities. »s sitt^*!* 
nn a 200-acre larrii owned 'by West. 
It ^ sponsored by '^^^^^^^^^ 
Service Committee of the Unite.- 
r^n Church as one of mne such 

camps in the U. S.. accordmg to 
Smond B. Bragg, fxecu^ve Di 

rector, Bragg was at the Georgia 

ctra^ yest^day on an inspection 

tour.. 

West says that while the camp 
currently is being operated, a^ a 
work camp for youths, he hopes 
to develop it eventuaUy mto a 
camp for underprivileged Georgia 
children. ' 

Present guests of the ca^P have 
been there since July 1 and wui. 
rmain two weelcs longer, acpord- 
,ing tathe directors. Xhey are a^l 
Sgh school youngsters wh" .sayj 
they are finding the pursuit of so- 
ciaf studies in the South excitmg. 

A typical day at the camp be- 
gins wHh breakfast at 7, followed 
bv a two-hour work period, uot^ 
lY Of lembdelmg into, a dormitoij 
of the old- barns on. the place 
Ker two-hour > ^rork Penod 
comes in the afternoon. Evenings 
usually are taken- up with discus- 
sSm of sotiat and econofeic -prob- 
Ss of the South (stich as share- 
cropping, the Negro ,problem, the 
Ku Klu Klan) atid recreation... 

The youngsters are taken on., 
tours Qf the rural countryside 
wTiPre thev say they gam first- 
^LTkhowledge^f coupons -m 

the South. One ■t°«'^,/^f „S 



Helps Orps^ 




MWcftsSlFIED ^ 



47 SEP 2 1948 




This case obiginatpd at ATLAUTA 



REPORT MADE AX; 

ATLAUTA 



DATE.WHEM MADE: 

10-5*7-^8 




PERfOD FOR WHICH MADE: 



File No. 100^59 



REPORT MADE BY: 

PAUL timsm 



TITLE: . 0 



1^ 




CHARACTER OF CASE: 




Daily WOrkeJ? reflect $ theiollofBingt sub^eot' wofcia .J)66ai7^sten, 
IJm JL; Qmmidst^ in t$3ki f34d AtWa, ©SGrgla, xm i&ia «ot»^t 
on :^arges of inciting^ to Inaarfceotipnji spiSsQ at Boston, Ifitss. 
1^3^ ^.Qspieos l^ern&tional Xabor. o^^jtiso deznandirig release 
of EaiIS3f|MBI«ANN5 jailed. 1?35 I>ine-dai9, Kantucky fer activities 
in cojaneqiicm with miner's strikei stibjeot oto National Goaii^tte© 
^a^i^^MJSB^m^Jar election Sf BSOmir.aM FOBD iihen sub- 
Jiot was in:.tQtds:vi;ae,JKenttiol£yf .i^^ State Organiaisr^ ^ 

of t<?rka?5 Jdaianee of. Kentueky:,and meatier «f Rational t3iiimpi<^d<l* 
C^jjnaittee for ^OTB and EOBD ia 19361 subject iras pees^^ at 
reosption to It&tmtejEK, only negrp affioTjer Central Craaaittea of 
G*?4* at Hw^ loric cwy 6-21-37$ sul^ject listed as Gaorgl* 
oj*gania«r of C»P» in Eentueky at tSie tiB&v JSpnfidential inf onaaafe 
adviseis aubj^t beoaiao a GoiBaaftist ia 193U .and was a atsatier la 
and 2$li&». Sttbdiect coatiaaiea fa I© a edafcact of HOMBa SATES 
ICCi^^ G, jp* ia.stri<?t Organiaer for Cleorgia*. . Other cSacts'sei' 
et*», Siiljjedt pras^tjy residing on..fa»Bi* Eoate ^todglasville^ 



Biirdau iBL.le ij^i^@^£8^w 
'Hepcsrt of SA JOSEiH. SILVISTER, 
Isport of SA ^Q&sm SaVESSHS,: 



Ti 1 fill T^nirii'i 



6-12-.t>7* 

ttRi dated at Atlaiita S-ft-^ltB, 




- RESIITO ADBBESSSS AMD.. .OGCUgiTldN , 

Goaf ideoxtial infcBfaaiib T-7 advises subject presently resldit^ 
on the Old Bph Butler Paria^ jSaut© It, nine, adlea otxtside of 
Douglasville.,. d^eWgia*. CpMidentia^iflfdM^^tl^^g^^^ 



APPR.qVED AlsJD 
FORWARDED: 




COPI^pF THIS^REgOBLt FURNtSHgQ TO; 




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ICORDED AND INDEXED: 




.<;hek:ked off.* 




7—198? 





• , 9ry^ .that iSie HDiiaei^rLI^^ the; wiijfjeci 

at aJoTOiXfiffm. ic subj.ect.„i4 ^ices^r^ land!; 

Sub^jsibi; wa^ bpril Cageiieba^^^ Son: 6f ' 

': - ,-\ ' :V ' ' EtrjEDBNCB-os }SE;msBsam^ ",: ' ; ' ^' ,' '. 

■ i&aeK/datf)^^!^^ iiiis,-not!lia.JfiaKt&9^i^ of 



5 * • 





. I ain Don ^est^^ to6> ^ ^ 

* ; ^ ! !Bift.th0 poet / \~ * - 
; Is; a Gi^rVfpr 4pst^^ /v 

. ; ■ ^ llhe/Z^nimti^ la .the* ^bem|)0red soiil, 

. , Of' hjondfed* j|dlIion ^.toilers - ; 

/ ' ^ ' ^ ' ' ' ' / 

/ ; His' 3?idp,d ppit^^^ : 
. 3^ veins . and aries^-but^ ^ . / 

^ \* * Iy/'#iT'th§^;^^ : , 

- sings i^^^ ; r 

J 'v-;\,y\ ndt. for^igci* -j^^ V - / 

: ;/ ;V \, No bpc^ ' :/ 
.^¥ith,*b^lldtij^ed>^^^ / ' \ 

*^ H^'Xsed ; ; 

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,v ^ ^-"^ ^^^'T waiit ' brVajd:, ; • ; ; \ }; ^" ^ ^ 
. ' " V '/^^ ^Jihd; , ; - / ' ^, . r ' ^ 

' ^^i^r^^' M^'i^^ I ' v/- 

/ / ' srbtigs^o the I$p?;\. , ; ; 

Q£ .youi*'" ;an3a;0^^ mbtfrers' ^ ' '-^^ < 
' ,\ ; . " IBip scrTlb'-/ ^ - ! ' , " . V ^ , 

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Bid-you kzet\ Beair. .of the ' ' / ; ; ,^ 




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:lfca^ th^;^^.e .put tf^ ngei: TSBSf , a«aa:;;or£ajaLm»i»;. 'Bie. article- iisp ' ' " ' ' 
.. .stated •n»N.5IE59?,..a/Coiiaia4st». vag. ;b&i;<giso3%t:.:6n-:a^ch^ <J£ 'Vlii* - ' 
f |tl^, ta iiistti*fcectlon« ; The;. aa*iolev.ais.olj3jiatedLtha told- iiis - 

|tpry of ai fii^tvfroEuQe&rgia^A^^ ^offices. mtiia Natidii^' CooBBitte'e 
V for-the ^^^sei^ i^ ^olittcal^Pcla^^ ;cit3r. 



^* 1^aK .aat©„ of ^ . V 

OTgatiizw, %the:;as^^ 4p^?Jc.at..aQ..aifeEEe^^Bj[^ ^jrote^ - • 

,M^ssaciius.^fc.ts3r Ctihat^the ,ieatiijg.j!»s,iaM^Jbhe^ausi^^^ the^ liite^- ' ' 



,,^?i<?g^^e',:K§9atided:.to„:34^ :p9acs. TSoiidi^ Jtidge;- 

' - '^^ ■ .j 

: ■ :s fP^TApBi,m&/csim^^ iptoica J^te tiam^ -.otit- to prbtest: • < " ' - 

; / ' |2^ *«> :S?^'~ot«i;.a / 

;f^i^)pOVQp'jpfad©"l56nd»^^^^^ --r^. ' A:--."''/'"' 

- . J&e Jy#1y . Wockisr.iv wit^^ iiia^bKead;. aa :menticiifed,abov0, -tirtier - 
i - o|. :MpMayj ^^^ itm; tmd^ tfee. dit^'' ' - 

tiMi j'^-SJEat .ambptioei3. VsbLotaXiSmsmjie^. for . MectlOn ^ive> ' 
Instant arMcl^^rfif lect^^ Comintmist lead^> kxydt 

Ch^$3raaii <ef^ i^majbWDBR ■ ' 

jQha£rfliah:,ro|i |;fee:,Kati6iiia!l:CM^^ R4la^Bp^^ ■ 

'^'■'*^» TJ^^.contain&C^ >, 'r ' 




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Th^ iSaily^:^^ tiiih ica^^^^ referred; t^^: 



t&e JDaitly WOTker^/wl^ mgthead; |ts ref iectecl ^tbpve> for 
. *ISiesday J,"i^ reflected phsit 

POTS WES% .deocgi^ b<?rn>organ^ X&n^iisycfS^^ 

' lihk t^lajgdixi^: ^Mh0 on 'fil^ '^i^th^Milj^^ are "^iipetS^: ^ ; 



. caiicffjgdi; Ori©:; of ^-fee^e: : 



V ^ off i^^er of Waiikc©^:^^^€isid^ : 
^reci^ly: Ai^^ of, published? ^plci^ . 





• ' . «ATx>ut: ii? Gt hp yeiars; .of age:^ JSDII. lffia^.:t«;:a -natii^^^^ 
. 'hiIi.:cotndtj?3r 6£ l^Qr*h J|&.ca;g3a.r^^ ' ' 

ra^<5 siijgiig,- :4e„ sfiii^ ' • . 

BSeame ordadiied.;mir^ of 'Coh^Sgaliidn^Qb^ Jolted' Sooi,^^ ■ 

Were; the. ts?6 f oimdeirA^t: ai.3ipr*.ea^^^ farjgr 
■jgarljF i i^3li.,. a^gig^ J;b ^otth- fi^^oMna-dis^ricjt; las ^rjwie taiiion 
. bi^laniaeic .Se:bieniti^> KoV siic- ' ■ • ' 

at %a]^l. H£lli~ ii^dfeg^ ' , 

■ ;asr^Ssatijc district b^ganiaeib:!^^^ ^yik- .a aiid" a half - * . 

or tisb- ^ears,^ khbw * - 



t (^eof gia .c6uh% ,he; .pr;c^fiSSjOfc_;atL0g!^^ - 

,':.Nc^ r|^6rt»?d.tci*.t^^ <5f ii!aiia&$u;b'amp^ vbiipe 

-of |»^s /aisotti/.tM^ ^ ■ 



: •cbiiiEagijaW-s^owinl^ te^^i^sitoig,, ". 

mbsb Stjiattii6J^:.,i^atia>: ■ > : 

organiaefc is.^a %en; .'P^IiSSG-.^^ ^0' ; ■ 

"pstrict. ie.: teaid£ibat0:ui,6n3i '4 t^oiajbof 4al>6ui;25-^m Mb^t, of . 

' looatadL aaiio^ise. ^^pm^MmjoGt^ ' disappeOTi9d;1&jbat . 

\4m~&iiCc^\iheii4!Sim^ in;t&#-.£#t3r ; 

dtctptjed to ,,a^ iOT^^ Htti^_a!bo*ejJi©feb4fc' V 

lisi'jidpnspioiic*^^^ '''' V ■ ■ 



the ipitsodah-j&lws^ 
J>;»Di£AS was' clbj^ft iis^oiiiate, :of . 'W^miLWmf- '. SAIOjETT. Mso- 




AT 




DOIW^. -was cixircli- :&ad. that he>" 
D0M|S> TOS^attq^^ ibf^itra^^^ 

^slDgJ^ii^ teiief: Itio'f^^ iteejiing of iihe Cbiardh^^ 

TfeS ;poP€^^^^ DOM&S' as a jnMisil f or/, the^^^^^ t&/enn^ ' \/ : 

'tis,, jDOljaS, M/read frM^^^ ^STtf^/bbo^^^^ tfcat "feSTj : , 

%4':§P0]fe adTOCi^tiiiglih^^^^ 

djsf ens© h&a' sp^^^^ d£ tho^e whp^ <3U:ff flFit|ii th^av as Fascists- J 

. V , ^ ^ - T-k cai 7rii2?^U8 advised. th^.Ne«r: T<3t-k AC)ff^^ pokl?^ 
^??hd is a .^oet .:ahd ii^o i,3: coi^epted^ir^^^ lftiitsa?i is a" * \ 

/doii^tiriist^;.^^^^^ ; 
oh a rec&^:^j^lp l3jjf.tk0:^3^^ 

alMster in flQ^^^ /- 

caa?i0; to Dai^yi^^ t^k^ inriglt^ to. %e^^^ ^ 

bef^pre jsih look M;i|i€^,-|i^^ , 




'. rent 'f Ai^ 3»a£,r^a1;©^4Q' tepjlti^si;; " 




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. - WationS^^ Styd(Snti S§cr^tairy tft& CbnpHd^ /Party :aib %ii9;' Tarndtiai • 





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.^HaRIiBS 1?> aaiKES- 'o£. -.lbtie- At'ianfea Mid^^^ MIST. : ' . 

. ' "safcii.:H9ifflR- "BilTES CHASE andjmyTilAM. fJ^AtEIORp,' , .Ab6v^ ia6d*$ng'- ■ ' 
' 'jjectfiteed at^^^^ - . 

■ ■:• ana/^'GHAEiES;!E^. .JfcBfMS •Ms'S'- '■ 

:. f JspEx-dpd- cHAiiisg^ ^^^^^ ... 

i3)96rgiaj,;;M:tii;:^..3^ .id&fiTbi^iid -as IRVi^ifeoiElEVj • ; . " '.. 

. ' ■ bt iaifip Atlanta. M 'fcppi?'- i^^MHim#ti?r of /. " 

, ^^i^'^i}axs&:^^4%P'Pf^ f3im*.refle$iin|t.. ' 

,^hiS vindividiiajk. stS-^J^nQQWy .G0ns^a&$^JBa0i^ WgsaidMev i6r %^ • 
; . ■ .State. ' of -■Bbui.siaiiaV' ■ '/ -• ■ - ' " ' ' - - • . . •. ■ ■•"''"';-'*:'■"■• ' r 




■ EE.BE^&KES at /corner C)f;.mityc9ii,!^ 



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£p]nD6r° .member . iU^ pc^^aipN^^; 

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0, lj5,;|Kas<e 

Atiantst,: Georgia* 



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Stete3-?ost Office* * 



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STANDARD FORM NO. 64 



DECLASSIFICATION AUTHORITY DERI 
FBI AUTOIiATIC DECLASSIFICATION 
DATE 06-10-2010 




Office Memorandum 



Director, FBI 

J^SAC, Atlanta 

DOH&LD LEE tols 
INIEEML SECURITY - C 



Remylet August 6, 1948, 



FP.OM: 

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SUBJECT: 




UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT 

DATE: Noveniber 15, 1^^^ 





HEREIN IS^^eSp^STSWi^^CEPT. 
JOMOTHERIVISE, 



Reference is made to SAC better #44, Series #97, and SAC 
Letter #98, Series #97, concerning Top Functionaries* 

During the past four months subject of instant case has been 
residing on a farm in DxigLasville, Georgia, and is, at the 
present time, attempting to operate the farm in an effort to 
make a living. 



h2 
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and AT- 1338 advised that T5EEST has been lefb out of 
conferences and other matters concerning Commuiaist I^rty 
activities in District #31. Informants advise that WST 
has not been as active in Communist Party activities since 
he lost his position as Professor at Oglethorpe I&iiversity, 
in the Summer, 1948, and has not been actively engaged in 
attending meeMngs of the Communist Party figures in the 
Atlanta area.j^*^ 

In view of the above, it is not felt that the subject should 
be continued as a Top Punctidnsiiy, and it is requested that 
the Bureau advise whether or not WEST can be deleted as a tbp 
fmctiomry. 




JTS/ds 
100-559 




liv IS) 



11 



,0V 18 1948 







4 



Birector, |BI. 



Ufa-, 




*r4'sl ?ai^:^^^^^^ arid jfQu^ ire^'autiip^'e^ ^ 



Mt. Glavi^'":'.; 




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DECLASSIFICATIOII AUTHORITY DERIVED FROM: 

FrfVuTOILiTIC DECLASSIFICATION GUIDE 
DJsa/ 06-10-2010 ^ - ^ 



J^£orxxi No. 1 J 
fi^rnXS CASE ORIGINATCD AT i^^LAUIpjt 



FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION 

FiLH NO. 100-559 ml 




REPORT MADE AT 



A2LA1STA, GSOH&IA 



DATE WHEN 
MADE 

3-11-49 



PERIOD FOR WHICH MADE 

16/32* 11/15/48 
1/7,28/49 



REPORT MADE'SY 



jOSSPH g; HOLMES 



CHARACTER OF CASE 



DOMID las-WSST, Was, 




IieBRiljm SBCURfSY - d 



SYNOPSIS OF FACTS: 



LIEimCBPj;' 



K SERE SHOW OlHBRWisff 

3V 





S^ONALD LSB^CSSS^'^r-eportedly in j^ntact 
with SA^ffilLLlMS jHOtlER SAT^OFlSB, 
^ l£A)SHrjSSs^O^^ Snd to 
harro "been veiy a^^xive in Peoples Pro- 
gressive Party of G-a* until UovemlDer, 
1948^. VJSST -reportM to have 'submitted 
resignation as Co-Ohairman of the 
Progressive Party (State of Georgia), 
on li-:*&-48, liut that committee members 
ta"bled his written resignationTj In-- 
formarits stat^ he has not "been vea^ 
active in Oommanist Party matters since 
Uovemher, 1948* Suoject presently 
living on J arm at St. 4, Souglasvi^, 
&a. • ^ 




ESFSElSBrOE: 



DETAILS 





Bureau Pile Ho^ 100-1O355* ^ 
letter from Atlanta to Bureau,. 11-15-48. . 
Heport of SA PAUL TIEMSY, Atlanta, 10-27^48 

Confidential Informants 0?-l, and all 

informnts of known reliability, advised tha,t$^f 
during July, August and September, 1948, BOlf^lSTt/ 
sole activity had been in connection with the 
peoples Progressive Party of Georgia* ^j^^ 



^ G0PIE3 DESTIl03:E3f>, 

(6)^ Biiifeau 
i - GUI', Charleston 
1 - OSI V/arner .Eobins, Ga» 

1 - IDA, Atlanta 

2 ^ Atlanta 



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Id MAR 1^ 1949' 





CP 



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..w-j/idenflal Informant T-3 'advised that JBimmJiL 
-JQSEAE:, \SLLLM;,,®a>3a^^ close and constartt contacts 

6r^0MSILBAIE^iia;SS.j District Organizer, Gomnnist Pai'ty, District 
#31 ."Georgia, Imd -HOtliDE BAT3S' -GH^SS told him tha't WEST had ri9t ^een 
cooperative during the p,ast three months while he had, been residing 
on his farm; and that it was their ppinipn that ^he had tecomff a- 
"prima donna" in reference to the .Peoples Progressive Party" of 
Georgia's work/]]^^^ 

. Confidential Informants T-1, T-3, and .T-4, who; 
is a person. -of known reliability, advised, that DOMLD 1B3 WEST wa? 
veiy active in the Peoples Progre^'sive Party of Jj^^^®^ 
and Hovemher 'of 1948, and that .^■S.T„iia.d^been,:contaci^^ 
Southern Organi&er,^ao.miaunisAJ£aj£$y-> J^-ig...^^ 
four occasion^ durin g the-j}hr.e.ejm.cxxLtlL&:.P^o4 prlor.„to OctplJer^ 
They inf ormeT .ttet -^^B^T' has nof heen veiy active in* Communist Party 
matters, during the tteribd O-cfoher through Decem'oer,-. ^^^^Jl^^C^ 

Cpnf icLen^ilal. Infprmant .T-5, an inforraait of known, 
.reliability, advised that dicing, the Wefc ending- Octoher 23-, 19.48i; ^ ^ 
he was around the -PeoTj.l^es Progressive Party Head<iiia^^|p^ f reauently,, 
and that on -one- o ccasi on he- saw M^^Md .^iTS^,.J.m^Mmom .leaving, 
the Party HeadCLuartefs with gO Eig.M'BS T in v W s red'J=eep* Ji^IBS 1* 
BARFGOT >was- the Progressive. pSSly cancfrdate. for Governor of Georgia. 
•T.-5 informed that several dcys later BAPJ-QQT told hijn- that he and- has- 
wife "had spent several^nights onM^E3S,T'>S' farm, near Douglasville^ Geor.gia* 
He inf ormed -that SAM^fcilMS, k JTegro .Prof es.sof in j-olitical Science^ 
a^ Atla^t^ Univerfe^tyTw^lpsely associated with DQNiLJ) m^,. and 
that the Iwo frequently worked together ^^^^ 

. Cpnfidentiar Informant T-5 further advised -th^^ he. 
returned to Ms home'on Qct.oter 20, .1^48,, ,at-ahout -6:00 T>.my afte-r . 
jhaving .heen absent all. day. At that time T~5's mpther told him that 
■HOMER BATDS -OHASS, VOisMD 5®ST,, and mT' BOSS camg. to Ms house about 
10:.30' that "morning .&nd stayed tuit.il about e'!30 p.-m. T-5 ^dvi.sed en 
Uovejn'ber 8* ,1948.,, that he. had attended, a mee-tihg of the peoples 
:pro.gressive Party at 85 Alexander Street., Atlanta.,. Ge.o-ijgia,- on 
November ,6, 1948, -and. that ,.^t thi^ m'eet.ing iDOKOiD i,3S WEST had sub-e- 
mitted a, written resignai^loS 4s Cp-ChMrman. of-;the Progressive Party . 
in the Stat? of fi-e^orgia. -He said tliat mi t^II^AMg, JSTegrb,, "^^de a 
motion which was carried to U^l^e the -resignation submitted by .flSST.j^; 



AT. r*l*00"559 




* As a matter of interest in this case, it Is 

noted from a news i't em appearing In the "Atlanta Jonrnal", OctoVer 13,- 
'1948, that DOKCE) \^SST was not listed as an elector for the Peoples 
PrpgrpssiTe Party of Georgia, and that those who were 'listed as 
electors had signed "non Communist." affidavits as- requested under^ 
recently enacted Georgia election laws* It is also noted that this 
liews item reflected that a list of electors which, had heen submitted, 
earlier -hy the Progressive ^'arty contained the name of DOUiLD ^ "^^SS?* 

.j^O&Qrifidential Infonnant ^-6^^ TDerson of known 
Teaiability, adyiseX|[tnSt he -has noticed -no unusula activities around 
LOIMiP ¥ES3?«s farm in recent months* - He said that WEST is spending 
most of his time alone,v 4n4.has "been busy for the pa.st week or so ^ 
installing a well pump and a rionhiii^^ater system in his house,^ He 
also informed that M rs. ^m'kim:_'^^i^S2^ ^ who also resides' oa this f axm 
with hei: hushand, Is apmrently ^^ending weefc^ehds p^ily on this f arm^. 
It will he ,noted that -SHIHL3Y T, 3AP?S. Is resoriedly a teacher^ 

the Atlanta, ^Georgia Puhlic School/Systesa* VSr6 fi^rther informed^^^H 

that DOH^D v;bST's correspondence h^s been unusually light in recehiT^ ^ 
woeks^ ' - . 

^ , . Confidential Informant T-5 advised, on December 30, 
,1948, that NAT BOSS' and -BONAa) VrsST .hrJd visited at his home, on that, day, 
\^and had left at ah put 5:D0 p.-m* -to 'go to^^'SST^'s place near Douglasville,/ 
Georgia^. T-5 further informed that KOSS h-ad airrived in Atlanta on _ 
Pe^cember :30, 1948,- .and -would .undoubtedly confer wi th ,HOi€JR E^TliS GHASH 



Confidential Informant 1-3 advised on December 13, 
1948,, that HAEDyJ^OTT conta.it ed EITOCB TOIOTAE in an effort to locate . 
DOHMiD L33 ^SSf ^Q stated that TONT'AK advised- SCO TO^ that \®ST was 
-orobably on his farm in DduglLasville, Georgia*. This informant further 
'advised^ that SdOTT and TOHTAK arranged to m^et for lunch about 12:45 v.^r^ 
on December 13, 1948 r]^^,^ ^ _ 

• ' - [confidential Informant Tr-V, J^o is a* person 
j^own reliability, ^dvisgd that .on December 13, 194p he , observed qugj^ 
, ^TAE meet Hi,^YIi^^^££ on Pryor Street in froiiT^of. the Chamber of 
O^SS^ce Building,. Atlanta,' •Geo'rgiai< He irtformed tha^ ffi^HDY I.3E SCOTS 
was a Communist P:arty orgahizier in Geqrgia iii^the early 194Q»s, and is^ 
now, according to a reliable spv^TCe in/the Atlanta division, -Relieved 
to be in Asbeville, North vCarolina in :some leather workers union. 



3 




^ 100-^559 




following is the Identifiqation Becotd of sut>ject, 
under 131 #8l4So5, as received from the 131 JiiigeiToring DiTisioni 



CONOEIBUTOE CSS 
filJGSEP HINTS 

PD.Phila* Pa* 



'f>D»DahViile,Tai 



MB & 

DON imsT 
#l393i8: 



EBOSIVED 



0HARS3 'DISPOSITION 
- ( 

SUSP* char* 
siisp* of larci 
of auto 



r.ei'« 



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X S'i D S 



THE AQIANTA DlVISIOIf ' * 



At Atlanta. Georgia ' _ ^ 

Will continue to follow the activities" Of BON ''130 through 
iiiformants at Douglasville, Georgia, and maintain contacts with 
Informants to determine DOITALD s movements and activities^ 



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\ 0o: 

I Oanf icLeniiai JjifonnfflEit 5-3 



0onfidential I?i^priiiant 5?--l 



Confidential, Inf orman't T-4 
Oori.f ideniiial liiformant T-5 



epnfidential ,Inf.prm^t T-6 
* 

Oo.nJideiatial Iirforjnant 



- A3?-.1338 
^r. AT^1340 



Atlanta, lieorgi.^> wn6 uatj m 

numergua occasions voluntarily 
^ farnished reliable" infpfjfnation 
concerning the Oomimini^t Party 
activities in Atlanta, and the. 
State of Georgia, 



Dbiiglasville, Georgia^ 



Sx'C.^ial Agent] 

Atlanta, (Jeorgia, 



- 6 ^ 




FormT-2 

Jan 23 1949 363:. cd 



j . .814 505 

^, j The following is the record of FBI number 



• ■■• Director. 



OONTEIBTJTOE OF 
PINQERPEINTS • 



, Phila,. Pa, 



Danville, Va 




■Mi' ■■. 
Don West 
#139318 



. Barnes MS^n 



NAME AND NUMBER 



ARRESTED OR 
RECEIVED 



3-15-34 



7-28-3^!' 



OHARQE 



susp. char. 

of iarc, 
of auto 



DlSPOSIOaON 



TBI, 



i 



m 



5 1 FEB 18 



194g '^"^ 



file in #100-2 
cc to Atianta 
2-9-49 



Pi 




NOT RECORD 

12 FEB H 19^9 



0S96 



to ' 



* Represents notations unsupported by fingerprints in FBI files. 

NOTICE: THIS RECORD IS FURNISHED FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY 



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<ijAn ^OOVEJR 



The following is the record of ^BI number 



hhtml ptiteau of 3nbe£(ttgatto(|||^ 
tKniteb B>tntt^ department of f iii^tice 
^asitjmgton, C. 



FormT-2 



Director. 



CONTRIBUTOR OF 
FINGERPRINTS 



4 



NAME AMD NTTMBEB 



The folXowing is 
iadivldiial- app@a 
Danville^ Vas 



26 



Colo??,' -edaitej 
6a| >!|)Mc9 of fe,3,x" 
Affieri6ans age, 
(silaa); height, 
fai^;S hair, dark 
eyes'.,- j^sir'k blues 
forearta burnt. 



5 in 193^ 

6 fbfet-2 



Additlohal. alias 

The f©aioMng is 
of th® above mh 



19- 



A ^ho.tbgraph of 
in the file® of 

Tfiis iridiiridual 
file #i00i.20396 



AEBESTED OB 
RECEIVED 



a ©script Ipn of this 
^iog on. pi?int #3239* PBs- 



Ca'3?teeay 



residence., ICennesaw^ 
, Gas" fetlonal|lty. 



liexicn 



inches? co&pl 
^.rblsrAj Keight, 278 pounds 
^C^jps and raa^sS', left 



A. 



Weaver. 



th©''flng 



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0 ?0 



erprlnt classiflcatiorii 



OHARaE 




ibo 18 
IPX 



mf \Se ic.entieaX with Buz^^iau 



DISPOSITION 



notatiOTis unsupported by fingerprints in FBI files. - ^Ss^ ' 

NOTICE: THIS RECORD IS FURNISHED FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY 



OPO le— 16190 



'Atlanta" 
l)il:|3cto,K, 12];;,- 



Bureau: Hie '100.-; 



■ - : , V- ^ She. ,4iB&,t tresoi-t ^^^^ 

■ /iit vtew of ^Ki^;- visual t't J^^^ 4Si .,a -Ike;^ . 



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^ Olaylh 

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FoimNo.l 

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fedefUl bureau op INVE^GATION J 

100-559 



DECLASSIFICATIOM AUTHORITY DERIVED FROM: 
ATLAlfTtfBI AUTOIIATIC DEC LAS S I F I C ATI OH GUIDE AT^ 
DATE 06-10-2010 



nue NO. 



lUEPORTMAOIAT 

iTLiUiSTA, GEORGIA 


DATE WHEN 
MADS 


4^!^ 1^ 


ROKHrr MAOK BY 

JOSEPH C. EOUIES 


DONALD LEE YfEST, wag^ 


CHARACmt or CASK 

INTERNAL SECURITY* - C 

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NOPSIS OF FACTS 

y a quiet life on his f^exm near Douglas-vxlley 

' ^ Ga,; reportedly spandi^mos t yof his time 

farming and writing • l^HSO^as had no knovm 
contacts mth HOMER BATE§?^iASE, Communist 
Party District Organizer Tor Ga,, during t 
past year^ but his i\T:itings purportedly 
fiaOlTiaN CONTAINED ' ^^^1^^^ Communist line. 

- " - (^V 

Bureau File 100-20396. 

Report of SA JOSEPH C, HOIAiES, 3"rll-49, Atlanta, 




ISH0M0IHERW3 

SEFEKSI'TCE: 





DETAILS s 



AT DOUGLAgVILU!, GEORGIA; 




Clas I 

Reas 

S^te 



nficlgntial Informant T"^l^of known reliability, 
^advisg ^ that he sees DOK^ALITV'JBST frequently on the 
latter ^s farm, located about ten miles south of 
Douglasville, Georgia, in Douglas County, and that 
VfflST^ appears to be leading an industrious but quiet 
life* He stated that he has never been successful 
in engaging YJEST in any type of political discussion, 
but has observed that ?JEST is usually busy in an 
effort to improve the buildings on his farm and getting 
the place cultivate^. He said that WEST apparently 
spends quite a bit of time in V;Titing« He also 
ftO'l /^AW I'b^^ informed that YJEST'IS wife and daughters are living 
, ^Ext. Byo Kj . MDy^ ,,! ^^ ^ in Pernandina, Florida, v/here he understands I'Irs. 

ci^FCIM ' ^^^ t , , ■ r ... T /EST has a tccching position- 

>f Review ^^'""^^ 




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2 Mobile 

1 OKI, Charleston 

1 OSI, yrarner Robins, Ga. 

1 IDA, Atlanta 

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3 DEC 14 194S 





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J, SPEITCE DAYIDSON, Route 4, Douglasville. Georgia, 
who operates a country store in the community where DQ lPrJEST li ves, 
advised that TJEST appears to be living a quiet life on his farm, and 
from all reports spends quite a bit of his time in v/riting* 

Mr, DAVIDSON informed that DOiJ ^TEST, after moving to his 
present home, attended the Mount Zion Baptist Church, ^vhich is in that 
community, on a number of occasions, and on one occasion led prayer 
and took part in the meeting. However, after the local members of 
the church learncd^that DON 7/SST is supposed to be a Communist the 
members cooled off toward Y/EST and '/JEST stopped attending ohiorch. 



Mr, DAVIDSON fxirthor informed that CRARLIi^^Lr Sr, / 
a retired Fe deral Pe nitentiary guard and' a neighbor of DON "VJEST, 
is YfflST'S close st^f-rrend in the communi ty and has associa ted with 



Tii'm-q:uite_jx_bit', He also informed that | \ ^ lives 

with his father -and is employed as a mail carrier ia>th(? City of 
Atlanta^ Georgia, and commutes to work. He informed that CHARLIE 
H/i.LL, Sr, is presenbly in very poor health and is confined to an 
Atlanta hospital* 



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^?r, ^JERpffi„H> ( cmLBY^ ilLSDN. Douglasville , Georgia, 
advised that ho has relatives living in the community v/here DON* 
YjEST resides and has spent quite a bit of time in the community 
hunting and fishing. Ho informed that as far as he knows DON 
YffiST has never made any effort to preach Communism to any of his 
neighbors. He stated that he has heard that DON TiTEjST is pl.anning 
to leave his farm and go to work for a Nexv York City publishing 
company* 

• 

It has been ascertained that DON 1"?EST frequently received 
a nuniber of copies of "The Southern Parmer", a magazine published at 
Montgomery, Mabama, 



7orm.ed that he has noted several articles which 
were written t>y DON T/ESJ published in "The Southern Farmer"* 

In connection with Ii/"EST*S reported contributions to 
"The Southern Farmer" magazine, a letter appeared in the "letters 
to the editor section" of the Atlanta Constitution on September 19, 
1949; this letter is, signed "K, S,, Atlanta", and is quoted as 
follows s 



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'^Jftiat Line? 

"I have just read in this^jnonth's issue of Southern 
Parmer an article by D, YZES T praising a certain 
Georgia minister for being what Mr, T^fflST calls a 
"practical Christian", It seems, according to this 
article, he earns this praise for attacking our 
foreign policy toward Russia; believing peace can 
bo ours if we want it (meaning we, and not Russia^ 
are to blame for the threat of v/ar in the world); 
for "practicing Christian democracy" by fearlessly 
taking llegroes into his church and in his home; for 
attacking the KKK, Columbians and other "Fascist" 
organizations (the Communist Party not being 
mentioned), Mri 7JEST goes on to say this preacher 
has had the "honor" of being denounced as a Communist, 
thus indicating this was a sign of his being right. 

"I ask you, is this pure Communist-line propaganda? 
You answer it» 




"To be sure one should have the right to criticize 
his country. But for a minister of the Gospel to 
turn aside from the faith and join hands with the 
Communists, who are to the core haters of God and 
all that is good, only proves that v^e are in the 
time spoken of it II'Thes. 2:3, the "falling away" 
among the believers". 




N^nfidential Informant who in the past has furnished 

reliable information cono^ning Communist party activities in Georgia 
advised that in July, 19494 JMISS IMUm^OOT , who was very active ' 
in the Peoples Progressive Party of Gec/rgia, and was formerly a known 
close associate of DOMLD LEE V/EST, advised him that "DOIT mST is 
provoking CKASS and the entire group of the Peoples Progressive Party", 

CEASS referred to above is HOJ^R BATES CmSE, Communist 
Party District Organizer for Georgia, 

Confidential Informant T-4, who in the past has voluntarily 
furnished reliable information concerning Communist Party activities 
m Georgia, advised thrt JMmS UmiiR BMFOCff visited his home in the;^^^ 

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early part of May, 1949, and to M%SS^6i?^ iS^gglOSS , Southern , Organizer 
for the Coranunist Party*, had7' on his 'last visft to Atlanta, tried to 
get DON ".JEST and EOmR 'BATES CHASE together--* T-4 also quoted BARFOOT 
as stating that he, BARFOOT^ and DOM T/EST were tr^ng to get rid of 
the Coirimunist influence in the Progressive Party 





jConfiderjfcial Informants T-5, T-6., and T-7, of knovm 

reliability, advisedl that DONALD LEE iTEST has not beea active in 
Communist Party actiyities during the three month period ending 
September 30, 1949, ^ 




|^4j T-5, and T-7 advised|that DON YfflST has not been active 
in Georgia affairs of the Communist Party for the three month period 
ending June 50, 1949 • 

Confidential Informants T-7 and T-8, of knovm reliability, 
advised that to their^knoivledge DON V/EST was not in contact vath HOMER 
BATES CHASE or EUDIC^^ONTAK, a close associate of CliASE, fpr the three 
month period ending larch 31, 1949"":^^^ 

EVAJJTI^'ILDSR, formerly of Cartersville, Georgia, and who 
now resides in Atlanta, was, according to his own admission, recruited 
into the Communist Party by H0I5SR BATES CHASE, advised in the spring of 
1949 that DONALD LEE IVEST was not ^.otively connected v/ith the Communist 
Party in Georgia, 




^ . Gr^ advised that an inf ormag^fhoS told him DONALD VffiST 
had stated that he, VfflST, had been dropped from the Communist Party 
because he wtxs "too rugged an individualist'^. 



-PENDING- 



4 



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LEADS 




THE MliMI Pr/ISIOH 

At Pergandina, Florida, xvill attempt to determine if subject^ s 
wife is teaching school in Fernandina. 

THE MOBILE DIVISIOj;! 

At Montgomery, Alabama , will review the 1949 issues of the 
Southern Farmer magazine, particularly the September, 1949, issue/ 
and ascertain what articles therein have been written by DOKALB L"E VfflST* 
Will brief the contents of any articles written by ?^ZSST., 

THE ATLMTA DIVISION 

At Atlanta, Georgia , will continue to follow IVEST^S Communist 
activities, if any, through Atlanta informants. 



Will interview] |, who is an AtlaT.ta, Georgia^ 

mail carrier, concer ning a ctivities of :i/SST In th e Douglas County ' 
community v/here both | "| and YJEST reside, | [ may be contacted through 

his post office sub-st ation, telephone Dearborn 478.7 > It is desired 
that he be intervi ewe d 



of WNIxtirTESTT 



At Douglasville, Georgia , will, through informants-, continue 
to follow DONALD LEE '.JEST'^S activities. 



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1.5r. J. SPEKCS DAVIDSON, Route 4, Douglasville, Georgio., 
advised that it was rxoraored in Douglasvillo that CHARLIE FALL, Sr., 
a neighbor of subject ;JEST, is "one of DONALD WEST converts", 

J^. DAVIDSON further infornBd that he has heard rumors 
in the coimnunity that DONALD VfflST is atter-ipbing to r^nt his farm 
and is desirous of moving to Now York City. 

In connection with the lead set out for the Mami Division 
at Fernandina, Florida, subject »s wife's name is M3E^DATi ^TCF!T t 
originally from Middle.cihnrn. TTfintnr.W amLJiL^two childrer 



T 



age ten* 



be 

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6 



AT,, 100-559 





T-1: 



T-3; 



T"4: 



Douglasville, Georgia, who has. requested his identity 
be protected. 



..Atlanta, Georgia, who has requested his identity be 
prote cted» 



:b7D 



former Coimnunist Party member, 

who has requested his identity be protected^. 



T-5: AT-I342e 



h2 
hlD 



T-7? AT-1338, 
T-8; AT-1340, 



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i 



(l-lQi'49) 



ERi^ BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION 



Form No- 1 

THIS.^^jiASE ORIGINATED AT 



REPORT WADE AT 



miJI, FLORIDA 



DATE WHEN 
MACS 



PERIOD FOR WHICH MADE 



1-20,23^50 



DONALD Lp; If'JEST, was. 



RBPORTMADEBy 



unHitAuiejiup ulSE- 



B3TEBNAL SECURITY - C S fcfc 



I 



SYNOPSIS OF FACTS: 




ADMn\I3STRATIVB 

Confidential Informant T-1 advised that a Mrs, 
MABEL CONSTANCE IrffiST is presently engaged in 
teaching school at Fernandina, Florida, 



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o 



REFERENCE: 



DETAHS: 



Bi^^eau file 10a-.2p396« 
Report of Special Ag'ent JOSEPH Co KOD/iSS, dated December 12, 
1949,, at Atlanta, Georgia* 



AT FBRNAI^m, FLORIDA 

H. GOLDSTEIN, Postmaster, advised that he did not know of a 
Mrs« viEST residing in Fernandina, Florida vdth two daughters* 



3 



, employee nf tlie/Florida Public Utilities 



Company^ checked her records for a Mrs.^MBEl^DAilS^JEST -^^ith negative results 



b6 
hlC 



On January 23, 1950, Confidential Informant T-1 advised that a 
Mrs* liABEL CONSTANCi^JBST was presently teaching at the Fernandina High School* 
A review of Mrs. V^EST^s file reflects that she began teaching in the secc^id grade 
on A\igust 15, 1949j( and that her contract extends to June 14, 1950« She has 
Florida Post Graduate Certificate PG^6Q357> The following schools were listed 
where Mrs* vi/EST has received education: . 



APPROVED AND 
FORWARDED: 



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IN CHARGE 



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if 100-.3381 



Ingtitution 

Lincoln Memorial Academy 
Lincoln Memorial University 
I*M,Gt^Ao Graduate School 
Berea College ^ Summer Session 
University of Kentucky - ^Svinfcier Session 
Brenan College - S^^nmer Session 
Oglethprpe University ^ Summer Session 
University of Georgia (Master' s Degree) 



Year 
1927 

I927--I93O 

1928 . 

1929 

1931 

1942 

1944 

1947 



The following physical description of Mrs, liSST was noted in her file: 



Date of Birth 
Place, of Birth 
Sex- 
Bace 
Height 
Weight 
. Complexion 
Marital status 
Residence 



January 1, 1911 
Cbrbinjf. Kentucky 
Female 
VJhite 

5* 4«, 
128 pounds 
Fair 

Married (Husband ^s name not noted) 
North Beach, Fernandina^ Florida 



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Confidential Informant further advised that* he did not Icnot/ the name 
of Mrs, ViEST's husband but believe^ that, hg resided ifl geoygia; .However. Mrs* 

lEST has tyra daughters residing with. her| | Mpi 

g|^!Land her twp daughters, live- at ^ the Decker Apartments located on Fletcheb 
^enue on the North Beach* This location is approximately a half --mile north of 
Atlantic Avenue on Fletcher Avenues * 

In applying for her present position, Mrs*. VIEST furnished the follows 
ing two persons as references t - 



JEeahadiZLilall^, University of Georgia, Athens,. Ga, 
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It was. further noted that Mrs* WSt furnished the following places 
where she has taught school: - ^ . . 



Institution ' 

Hindman Settlement School 
(liocatioh npt nated) 

Iiula School 

CliQcation not noted) 

Catoosa^. Georgia (Supervisor) 



Year 

1930^1931 
1942^1945 
1945-1946 



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Brooiytiaven, Georgia 

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Confidential Informant T-1 further 'ac^^^d i:;hat Mrs* VEST has indicated 
to him that -she would like -to see her husband obtain a 'teaching , position at 
Fernandina, Florida^* HoTArever, it is not the 5>3:^)t:tice. of 'the .Fernandina School 
system to employ husband and mf e .as teachers so the passibility of her husband 
obtaining a tea,ching position is remote^ M time of mentioning this possibility 
to T'T-l^ Mrs* YffiST .aiSifised that her husband ivas -obtaining a Master^ s Degree some-* 
where in Georgia^ 



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